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ABOUT SPOONFUL HERBALS

We are a non-profit organization rooted in our deep love and respect for plants and wild places, our reverence for the human body and spirit, and our joy for sharing our work and creations with the world.

It is our mission to share joyful, hands-on education and wellness through plant medicine while honoring all our herbal traditions. Our approach is rooted in sharing a sense of place, nurturing curiosity and creativity, and inspiring ecological stewardship. We foster community action to enhance equitable access to the abundance of seasonal, local plant medicine, to build resilience, and to promote the practice of the honorable harvest.

OUR PROGRAMS

We offer a three season Herbal Remedy CSA Membership. Stock your medicine cabinet with first aid, cold and flu remedies, and add some asty, general health tonics to your pantry or tea cupboard to enjoy when the inspiration hits you. Each share features 4-5 basic herbal formulas for general health, emphasizing locally available and seasonal plants.

Take one of our classes or workshops! Dive deeper with our 6-month introductory community herbal medicine apprenticeship program focused on learning the region’s native and locally grown plants, while producing high quality plant medicine for the local community.

Katherine and Kara are Spoonful Herbal’s primary consultants, offering a variety of services for farmers and homesteaders such as “Know your Backyard Apothecary” tours and consultations, medicine making classes, and garden planning/landscaping guidance.

HEAL LOCAL

We offer an Herbal Remedy CSA Membership which includes three seasonal shares.

Join us for a year of nourishing and inspiring herbal remedies hand-crafted by our team of community herbalists. Our members receive a total of three seasonal shares, each featuring 4-5 basic herbal formulas for general health emphasizing locally available and seasonal plants along with suggestions for their best use (for a total of up to 15 remedies per annual membership). Some formulas are tasty, general health tonics meant to be added to your pantry or tea cupboard and enjoyed when the inspiration hits you. Others are great for stocking your medicine cabinet so that you can have holistic herbal support to turn when the need for first aid, cold and flu care, etc. arises.


CULTIVATE SKILLS

Community Herbalism Apprenticeship Program

This introductory six-month learning experience focuses on learning the region’s native and locally grown plants throughout the growing season while learning to cultivate, harvest and produce a wide variety of high quality and delicious plant medicine to share with the local community. Woven throughout is a reverence for the natural world, honoring all of our herbal traditions, cultivating wellness sovereignty through promoting equitable and honorable access to plant medicine.

WORKSHOPS

Learn with our herbalists all 12 months at workshops and events around the Burlington Community. Katherine and Kara can often be found teaching at the Railyard Apothecary, the University of Vermont, City Market, Shelburne Farms, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) and more. For current upcoming events, check out our events page.

MEET OUR HERBALISTS

Katherine Elmer

Katherine Elmer was trained at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism and currently practices at the Burlington Herb Clinic at the Railyard Healing Center in Burlington, VT. She is a lecturer of Herbal Medicine at the University of Vermont and the UVM Medical Center Program in Integrative Health.

Kara Buchanan

Kara Buchanan completed the Advanced Herbal Training Program at Sage Mountain and has created herbal products for her community and maintained medicinal herb gardens for over 15 years.​ She is on staff at the Railyard Herbal Apothecary and at Rock Point School where she stewards gardens and teaches about nutrition, wellness and gardening.

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ENGAGE WITH US


Partner with us to learn about the untapped resource that already exists in your backyard, farm or homestead- your living apothecary! Katherine and Kara are Spoonful Herbal’s primary consultants, and offer a variety of services for farmers and homesteaders including individual or group plant walks, medicine making classes in your kitchen, personalized wellness consultations, and/or landscaping recommendations.

Join an existing workshop or host us for your own by request! Katherine and Kara are skilled educators teaching at various venues in the community. Common sites are Shelburne Farms, Rock Point, City Market and the Railyard Apothecary. Join us to deepen your wellness sovereignty (aka skills to care for yourself and loved ones with local plant medicine!).

These gleaning, gardening and plant medicine processing opportunities, with the guidance of skilled herbalists, offer hands-on connection with the plants, and bring experience and community-building for volunteers while enhancing our community’s access to local plant medicine.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Dec
18
Wed
Mushroom Medicine @ Railyard Apothecary
Dec 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mushroom Medicine @ Railyard Apothecary

Join herbalist Katherine Elmer  to traverse the folk wisdom and modern scientific understanding of some common wild and cultivated forest fungi.  We will sip Wild Mushroom Chai and discuss the processing and medicinal benefits of medicinal mushrooms such as shiitake, chaga, reishi and turkey tail.

Katherine Elmer, MS grew up in the green hills of Central Vermont and revels in the opportunity to connect with clients around a shared love of place and nature through whole foods nutrition and herbal medicine.  She is a clinically-trained community herbalist and lecturer on Herbal Medicine, Integrative Health and Food Systems topics at the University of Vermont.  She has a Master’s in Natural Resources from UVM and has completed professional training through the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism.  She manages medicinal plant gardens on UVM campus and is the faculty advisor for the UVM student Herbalism Club.  She also teaches regular community classes and herb walks in the Burlington area.  She is the co-founder of the Burlington Herb Clinic at RAILYARD (burlingtonherbclinic.com) and an educational organization called Spoonful Herbals (spoonfulherbals.org) which offers a local Herbal CSA share program, a Community Herbalism Apprenticeship, offers “Backyard Apothecary” consultations to farmers and homesteaders, and organizes medicinal plant gleaning events (“Herb Mobs”) on area organic farms and public green spaces.  She is a proud mom to a 7 year old son, Liam, and 8 year old labradoodle, Maatje (pronounced Mott-yeh) and lives in Burlington’s Old North End.

Jan
2
Thu
Therapeutic Herbalism Winter Course @ Railyard Apothecary
Jan 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Therapeutic Herbalism Winter Course @ Railyard Apothecary

Thursdays 5-7pm at Railyard Apothecary

10 two hour weekly sessions,

January 2nd-March 5th 2020

Join clinical herbalist and University of Vermont faculty member, Katherine Elmer, for an evidence-based, simplified scientific exploration of herbal and nutritional strategies to support our bodies. Therapeutic Herbalism focuses on the application of specific plant remedies for supporting body systems for optimum function and the prevention of disease (including the heart, liver, brain, skin, GI tract, etc.), safe and effective dosing, and phytochemistry basics. Participants will have an opportunity to sample the herbs and learn the best ways to prepare and administer them. There will be light reading, study questions, and online discussion between classes and a certificate of completion awarded at the end.

$500 general public, $400 students, seniors or BIPOC folks (capacity is limited; $50 deposit required by December 15th to hold your spot in the course)

Financial assistance available (VSAC part-time grants, apply now at www.VSAC.org)
Pre-registration using the attached google forms link above (with the “tickets” section)!
Or on our website under workshops: www.spoonfulherbals.org/workshops

Course Outline: These are the topics for course meetings with assigned readings and study questions in between. Contact the instructor if you would like to join the course remotely (available up to 3 times but students should aspire to attend in person as much as possible).
Introduction to Modern Herbalism and Food as Medicine
Basic Phytochemistry and Herbal Preparations
Foundations for Health and Resilience
Managing Pain and Inflammation
Healthy Digestion, Elimination and Detoxification
Healthy Hearts
Nourishing the Brain and Central Nervous System
Supporting Immunity
Skin, Bones and Connective Tissue
Review, Integration and Herbal Safety Considerations

Textbooks: Body Into Balance by Maria Noel Groves; Holistic Anatomy by Pip Waller

Jan
9
Thu
Therapeutic Herbalism Winter Course @ Railyard Apothecary
Jan 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Therapeutic Herbalism Winter Course @ Railyard Apothecary

Thursdays 5-7pm at Railyard Apothecary

10 two hour weekly sessions,

January 2nd-March 5th 2020

Join clinical herbalist and University of Vermont faculty member, Katherine Elmer, for an evidence-based, simplified scientific exploration of herbal and nutritional strategies to support our bodies. Therapeutic Herbalism focuses on the application of specific plant remedies for supporting body systems for optimum function and the prevention of disease (including the heart, liver, brain, skin, GI tract, etc.), safe and effective dosing, and phytochemistry basics. Participants will have an opportunity to sample the herbs and learn the best ways to prepare and administer them. There will be light reading, study questions, and online discussion between classes and a certificate of completion awarded at the end.

$500 general public, $400 students, seniors or BIPOC folks (capacity is limited; $50 deposit required by December 15th to hold your spot in the course)

Financial assistance available (VSAC part-time grants, apply now at www.VSAC.org)
Pre-registration using the attached google forms link above (with the “tickets” section)!
Or on our website under workshops: www.spoonfulherbals.org/workshops

Course Outline: These are the topics for course meetings with assigned readings and study questions in between. Contact the instructor if you would like to join the course remotely (available up to 3 times but students should aspire to attend in person as much as possible).
Introduction to Modern Herbalism and Food as Medicine
Basic Phytochemistry and Herbal Preparations
Foundations for Health and Resilience
Managing Pain and Inflammation
Healthy Digestion, Elimination and Detoxification
Healthy Hearts
Nourishing the Brain and Central Nervous System
Supporting Immunity
Skin, Bones and Connective Tissue
Review, Integration and Herbal Safety Considerations

Textbooks: Body Into Balance by Maria Noel Groves; Holistic Anatomy by Pip Waller

Jan
16
Thu
Therapeutic Herbalism Winter Course @ Railyard Apothecary
Jan 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Therapeutic Herbalism Winter Course @ Railyard Apothecary

Thursdays 5-7pm at Railyard Apothecary

10 two hour weekly sessions,

January 2nd-March 5th 2020

Join clinical herbalist and University of Vermont faculty member, Katherine Elmer, for an evidence-based, simplified scientific exploration of herbal and nutritional strategies to support our bodies. Therapeutic Herbalism focuses on the application of specific plant remedies for supporting body systems for optimum function and the prevention of disease (including the heart, liver, brain, skin, GI tract, etc.), safe and effective dosing, and phytochemistry basics. Participants will have an opportunity to sample the herbs and learn the best ways to prepare and administer them. There will be light reading, study questions, and online discussion between classes and a certificate of completion awarded at the end.

$500 general public, $400 students, seniors or BIPOC folks (capacity is limited; $50 deposit required by December 15th to hold your spot in the course)

Financial assistance available (VSAC part-time grants, apply now at www.VSAC.org)
Pre-registration using the attached google forms link above (with the “tickets” section)!
Or on our website under workshops: www.spoonfulherbals.org/workshops

Course Outline: These are the topics for course meetings with assigned readings and study questions in between. Contact the instructor if you would like to join the course remotely (available up to 3 times but students should aspire to attend in person as much as possible).
Introduction to Modern Herbalism and Food as Medicine
Basic Phytochemistry and Herbal Preparations
Foundations for Health and Resilience
Managing Pain and Inflammation
Healthy Digestion, Elimination and Detoxification
Healthy Hearts
Nourishing the Brain and Central Nervous System
Supporting Immunity
Skin, Bones and Connective Tissue
Review, Integration and Herbal Safety Considerations

Textbooks: Body Into Balance by Maria Noel Groves; Holistic Anatomy by Pip Waller

Jan
23
Thu
Therapeutic Herbalism Winter Course @ Railyard Apothecary
Jan 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Therapeutic Herbalism Winter Course @ Railyard Apothecary

Thursdays 5-7pm at Railyard Apothecary

10 two hour weekly sessions,

January 2nd-March 5th 2020

Join clinical herbalist and University of Vermont faculty member, Katherine Elmer, for an evidence-based, simplified scientific exploration of herbal and nutritional strategies to support our bodies. Therapeutic Herbalism focuses on the application of specific plant remedies for supporting body systems for optimum function and the prevention of disease (including the heart, liver, brain, skin, GI tract, etc.), safe and effective dosing, and phytochemistry basics. Participants will have an opportunity to sample the herbs and learn the best ways to prepare and administer them. There will be light reading, study questions, and online discussion between classes and a certificate of completion awarded at the end.

$500 general public, $400 students, seniors or BIPOC folks (capacity is limited; $50 deposit required by December 15th to hold your spot in the course)

Financial assistance available (VSAC part-time grants, apply now at www.VSAC.org)
Pre-registration using the attached google forms link above (with the “tickets” section)!
Or on our website under workshops: www.spoonfulherbals.org/workshops

Course Outline: These are the topics for course meetings with assigned readings and study questions in between. Contact the instructor if you would like to join the course remotely (available up to 3 times but students should aspire to attend in person as much as possible).
Introduction to Modern Herbalism and Food as Medicine
Basic Phytochemistry and Herbal Preparations
Foundations for Health and Resilience
Managing Pain and Inflammation
Healthy Digestion, Elimination and Detoxification
Healthy Hearts
Nourishing the Brain and Central Nervous System
Supporting Immunity
Skin, Bones and Connective Tissue
Review, Integration and Herbal Safety Considerations

Textbooks: Body Into Balance by Maria Noel Groves; Holistic Anatomy by Pip Waller

Jan
30
Thu
Therapeutic Herbalism Winter Course @ Railyard Apothecary
Jan 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Therapeutic Herbalism Winter Course @ Railyard Apothecary

Thursdays 5-7pm at Railyard Apothecary

10 two hour weekly sessions,

January 2nd-March 5th 2020

Join clinical herbalist and University of Vermont faculty member, Katherine Elmer, for an evidence-based, simplified scientific exploration of herbal and nutritional strategies to support our bodies. Therapeutic Herbalism focuses on the application of specific plant remedies for supporting body systems for optimum function and the prevention of disease (including the heart, liver, brain, skin, GI tract, etc.), safe and effective dosing, and phytochemistry basics. Participants will have an opportunity to sample the herbs and learn the best ways to prepare and administer them. There will be light reading, study questions, and online discussion between classes and a certificate of completion awarded at the end.

$500 general public, $400 students, seniors or BIPOC folks (capacity is limited; $50 deposit required by December 15th to hold your spot in the course)

Financial assistance available (VSAC part-time grants, apply now at www.VSAC.org)
Pre-registration using the attached google forms link above (with the “tickets” section)!
Or on our website under workshops: www.spoonfulherbals.org/workshops

Course Outline: These are the topics for course meetings with assigned readings and study questions in between. Contact the instructor if you would like to join the course remotely (available up to 3 times but students should aspire to attend in person as much as possible).
Introduction to Modern Herbalism and Food as Medicine
Basic Phytochemistry and Herbal Preparations
Foundations for Health and Resilience
Managing Pain and Inflammation
Healthy Digestion, Elimination and Detoxification
Healthy Hearts
Nourishing the Brain and Central Nervous System
Supporting Immunity
Skin, Bones and Connective Tissue
Review, Integration and Herbal Safety Considerations

Textbooks: Body Into Balance by Maria Noel Groves; Holistic Anatomy by Pip Waller

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